Obedience and Authoritarianism: Why are Most People Cowards?

Hyper-conformity and blind obedience has infected the West and, in the process, crowded out the cultivation of courage.


Widespread cowardice is permitting the rise of authoritarianism, and a rebirth of courage is the antidote to our precarious political predicament.

“Historically, the most terrible things—war, genocide, and slavery—have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”
— Howard Zinn.

The pathological conformity that infects is generations in the making and the result of a confluence of factors.

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5 comments on “Obedience and Authoritarianism: Why are Most People Cowards?”

  1. Academy of Ideas always delivers.

    Courage has to be the most intrinsic, most important human trait. Without it, the others matter little.

    From “Winter Oak”, May 2021: “10 things we have learned during the COVID Coup”:
    #6:”Most people in our society are cowards. They will jettison all the fine values and principles which they have been loudly boasting about all their lives merely to avoid the slightest chance of public criticism, inconvenience or even minor financial loss.”

    “Disobedience if the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” HD Thoreau

    “Live not by Lies” A Solzhenitsyn

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